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“I constructed my revolutionary lasts which, by supporting the arch, make the foot act like an inverted pendulum”. (Shoemaker of Dreams. The Autobiography of Salvatore Ferragamo, London 1957, Italian edition 1971).
Since he first began shoemaking, Salvatore Ferragamo was obsessed with finding the solution to the problem that for centuries had tormented those of his profession: how to make shoes that were not only beautiful but comfortable too.

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While he was in California, Ferragamo attended human anatomy courses at the university, finding the first clue to the problem in the distribution of the body’s weight over the arch of the foot and patenting an internal support made of steel, the ‘shank’. This made Ferragamo shoes both light and strong. This early discovery was followed by research into shoe fits which led to an original shoe fitting system that served to close the gap between industrial production and made-to-measure shoemaking. Salvatore added the measurement of foot width and overall volume to traditional foot measurements.
The concept was further developed in industrial production after Ferragamo’s death, and led to the creation of over 70 different shoe fit/size combinations for women and men each.